[Kevin] Griffin, 44, is founder and chief executive of staffing company AVANT Group LLC and, as a political neophyte, he readily acknowledges that he has a lot to learn about campaigning.
Still, the Burlington native said in an exclusive interview with WRAL News that he is tired of the gridlock in Washington, D.C., and he thinks he can do something about it. He said he plans to focus his campaign on transparency, education and veterans' affairs.
"Almost every problem that we face as a nation can be rolled back down to education. We have to continue to develop our people," he said.
"I think that, in order to bring about change, you have to try something new," Griffin said. "I'm something new. I have new ideas. I have a new background. I have a new approach. And I think that's something that can resonate."
As the WRAL post from Thursday says, "The winner of the primary is expected to face an uphill battle against Burr, a well-funded incumbent."